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Fluorescent Pink Slugs! Cool!

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Article and picture taken from HERE.

It would seem to be something you’d see only in a cartoon or at a Phish concert, but according to park rangers in New South Wales, Australia, dozens of giant, fluorescent pink slugs have been popping up on a mountaintop there.

“As bright pink as you can imagine, that’s how pink they are,” Michael Murphy, a ranger with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. “On a good morning, you can walk around and see hundreds of them.”

The eight-inch creatures have been spotted only on Mount Kaputar, a 5,000-foot peak in the Nandewar Range in northern New South Wales.

Scientists believe the eye-catching organisms are survivors from an era when Australia was home to rainforests. A series of volcanoes, millions of years of erosion and other geological changes “have carved a dramatic landscape at Mount Kaputar,” the park service wrote on its Facebook page, and unique arid conditions spared the slugs from extinction.

They “probably would have long since vanished, if a volcano had not erupted at Mount Kaputar about 17 million years ago,” Ben Cubby wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald. “The result of that eruption is a high-altitude haven for invertebrates and plant species that have been isolated for millions of years, after Australia dried out and the rainforests receded.”

And they’re not the only unusual inhabitants on the mountain.

“We’ve actually got three species of cannibal snail on Mount Kaputar, and they’re voracious little fellas,” Murphy said. “They hunt around on the forest floor to pick up the slime trail of another snail, then hunt it down and gobble it up.”

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Posted by on May 31, 2013 in animals, bugs, nature, weird news

 

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I HATE ANTS!!!!

There is an ant invasion in my kitchen. Every day there is a new swarm of them. This morning I had to clean out my booze cupboard and wash off all the bottles and then spray down the cupboard with Raid. DAMN ANTS!!!

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2012 in bugs, complaints, destruction, me

 

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CRITTERS AT RANCHO SANTA ANA

Hubby and I were at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden over the weekend.

Red-Shouldered Hawk

Dragonfly

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Posted by on May 23, 2012 in animals, birds, bugs, nature, photography

 

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BEE’S LUNCH

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2012 in bugs, nature, photography

 

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RUN, BUTTERFLY!! RUN!!

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2012 in animals, bugs

 

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ATTACK OF THE BUG

Last night I spotted this insect in the stairwell of my apartment building. It was about 3 or 4 inches long, and pale yellow. I think it’s a praying mantis but I’m not sure. I’ve never seen any bug like this out in nature before.

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2011 in bugs, nature

 

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DRAGONFLY

I’m at a conference today in Santa Barbara on visual resource administration. Woohoo. I have no interest in the software they are talking about right now. So I will post some photos. Here are some closeups of a dragonfly that I took at the LA Arboretum. It was nice enough to sit still long enough for me to take the photos.

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Posted by on June 17, 2011 in bugs, nature, photography

 

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